Information For Visiting Researchers

This page is designed for visiting researchers to get to know a little about Saskatoon and visiting accommodations and to receive an introduction to the services of the University. University Archives & Special Collections has many great collections worth researching, and Saskatoon is a great place to visit in the summer or winter.  Please see more information about our services for researchers at this page.

Map of University

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University Amenities

  • Accommodation: For those researchers looking to stay directly on campus, the University Hospitality Services has online bookings available for the summer months (10 May - 14 August) for low rates.
  • Parking: There are several lots that allow pay-per-hour (or day) parking, including right in front of Place Riel (next to the Murray Library) as well as a Stadium Parkade across the street on College Drive.
  • Food: There are many food services available on campus, including Marquis Hall above Upper Place Riel, Marquis Cafe just below it (with Tim Hortons), St. Thomas More cafeteria in the St. Thomas More building, an A & W in the Arts Tower Buffeteria (located near the library with underground walkway). In the newly renovated Lower Place Riel there is Treats (a muffin/sandwhich shop), Crepe Bistro, Harvey's (hamburgers), Purblendz (smoothies), Extreme Pita, Umi Sushi, Mac's Convenience store, and Vanellis (pizza). Louis Pub and Grill is located on Voyageur Crescent (near the Library and with underground walkway via Upper Place Riel) with Browsers cafe located above. There is a Starbucks on the ground floor of the library and there are many more buffeterias around campus. On College Drive across the street there is a Dairy Queen, a Subway, Alexander's Restaurant, and a Starbucks.
  • Recreation: There are plenty of recreational activities on campus. Kinesiology (the PAC) at 87 Campus Drive has a wall climbing facility, work out facilities, a running track, gymnasiums, swimming pools and online racquetball booking. The Education Building (28 Campus Drive) also has some recreational facilities.

City of Saskatoon

Map of Downtown Saskatoon
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  • Accommodation: There are several hotels in downtown Saskatoon, near campus. The Delta Bessborough, the Sheraton Cavalier and The James Hotel are on Spadina Crescent E., the Radisson is on 20th St. E., The Hotel Senator is on 21st St., and, a little further from the river, the Hilton Garden Inn is on First Avenue and 22nd St. E. Closest to the University is the Parktown, located on Spadina Crescent E. at the base of the University Bridge on 25th St. that turns into College Drive. Parktown provides a courtesy shuttle Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the city.  For a map of the hotels, click for Hotel accommodation near the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Transportation: Taxi fare from the airport to downtown should cost around 17 dollars. We have Comfort Cabs Ltd (664-6464), Saskatoon Radio Cabs Ltd (242-1221), United Cabs Ltd, (652-2222) and (653-3333). Saskatoon Transit Services website has bus information, and the Saskatoon Airport has information on shuttles, limos, and car rental.
  • Food: There is plenty of fine dining downtown, including the Samurai in the Bessborough, Windows Restaurant in the Sheraton, Aroma Resto in the Radisson, Rembrandt's at the Hotel Senator, and Truffles Bistro on 21st St. E. Not quite so expensive but still very good are Earl's a little out of downtown at 2nd Ave. and Queen St. and 2nd Avenue Grill, the Rook and Raven and Otowa also on 2nd Avenue. Some downtown pubs include Winston's at the Hotel Senator and O'Shea's on 2nd Avenue. There are many more great little coffee shops and bistros downtown, as well as many great restaurants around the city!
  • Recreation: In the summer, there are a variety of festivals and shows that occur on River Landing, and Riverside Park and Kiwanis Memorial Park by the river. Be sure to check out Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, a Taste of Saskatchewan and Folkfest. During the winter there is a beautiful rink in Bessborough park, voted the best outdoor skating rink in Canada (Readers Digest 2006), with skate rental available. All year around be sure to attend a play or Opera at Persephone Theatre or see a movie at the Galaxy Cinema both on 19th St. downtown, see the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in action, or view some art at the Mendel Art Gallery on Spadina Crescent just north of 25th St. There are many other great things to do in the Paris of the Prairies. See the Tourism Saskatoon website for more details.